Despite the fact that modern iPhones come with a fairly large screen, it is not uncommon for many users to accidentally press the microphone button while typing quickly on the virtual keyboard of the smartphone. This problem is especially true for those with thick fingers, or using an iPhone with a small display.
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Fortunately, the microphone icon (voice typing on iPhone) can be disabled if desired. If you rarely use Dictation, it makes sense to remove this icon altogether. Deactivating this functionality will not only remove the icon, but also increase the space bar (on iPhones equipped with the Home button) for easier typing.
Button location Microphone on iPhone keyboards with Face ID:
Button location Microphone on keyboards for iPhones equipped with a Home button:
The method described below is quite simple and can be used even by beginners. If necessary, the microphone icon can be added to the keyboard again.
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How to enable / disable the microphone icon on the iPhone virtual keyboard
Open the application “Settings“→”The main“→”Keyboard“.
In the keyboard settings menu, scroll down and move the switch next to the option “Turn on dictation” into position “Off”… This action will deactivate the functionality and the microphone icon will disappear from the virtual keyboard.
That’s all. You can now close the application “Settings” and try out the “updated” keyboard in any application.
You will notice that on older iPhones, the spacebar has become noticeably wider.
In case you want to re-enable the functionality, go to “Settings” → “Basic” → “Keyboard” on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and activate the option “Dictation”…